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ALMA Laureate Bart Moeyaert visits Sweden

Press release   •   Apr 29, 2019 08:27 UTC

The 2019 ALMA laureate, Bart Moeyaert. Photo: Susanne Kronholm

The Belgian author Bart Moeyaert is coming to Sweden to accept the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. He will take part in a week of ALMA events from May 21–27, including a public lecture, school visits and a trip to Astrid Lindgren’s childhood home in Vimmerby. His visit will conclude with a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall on May 27, in which H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria will present him the award.

Some of the events for the ALMA week in May 21–27:

May 21 (6.00 pm) Award Lecture at ABF-huset (Z-salen) in Stockholm. Free admission

May 22 Visit to Hjulsta Elementary in Tensta

May 23 Visit at Junibacken and The Swedish Academy for Children’s Books in Stockholm

May 24–25 Study visits to Astrid Lindgren’s school and Astrid Lindgren’s Näs in Vimmerby, including a public lecture

May 27 (6.00 pm) Award ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall: H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria presents the award and Minister for Culture and Democracy Amanda Lind will give a speech in honour of the laureate.

Interview requests and press credentials
Monday, May 20, has been reserved for interviews with the laureate, other possibilities may be added. To schedule a time or to ask for press credentials for the award ceremony, please contact our press officer 

About Bart Moeyaert
Born in Belgium in 1964, Bart Moeyaert is a multi-award winning author who has written for children and young people since his debut at age 19. His large and diverse body of work encompasses over fifty titles, ranging from picture books and YA works to poetry, plays, song lyrics, television screenplays and essays. His books have been translated into more than 15 languages. 

For further information, please contact:
Mariella Kucer, Communications Officer
Tel: +46 (0)76 540 10 17

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world's largest award for children's and young adult literature. The award, which amounts to SEK 5 million, is given annually to a single laureate or to several. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters are eligible. The award is designed to promote interest in children's and young adult literature. The UN convention of rights of the child is the foundation of our work. An expert jury selects the laureate(s) from candidates nominated by institutions and organisations all over the world. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was founded by the Swedish government in 2002 and is administrated by the Swedish Arts Council.